No time, no worries – last-minute Christmas gift ideas (that don’t seem last minute)

No time, no worries – last-minute Christmas gift ideas (that don’t seem last minute)

There are two kinds of people when it comes to Christmas shopping. You’ve got your smug early shoppers, with their carefully thought-out lists who, in the week leading into Christmas, already have their presents bought, wrapped and sitting pretty under the tree. And then we have the other kind who, given you opened this article, is most likely you. Fear not last-minute shopper, for your gift giving can still be very personal and thoughtful – even if you bought it two days before Christmas. We’re here to help with our list of last-minute Christmas ideas that don’t seem last minute.

A gift of wellness
The gift of relaxation is always going to be well received. If your loved one is in need of a little serenity, we suggest buying them a bathhouse session. Perfectly positioned on the Kirra beachfront is Native State’s Bathhouse, a private oasis of tranquility featuring a heated vitality pool, cold plunge pool, steam room, infrared sauna, traditional cedar sauna and meditation lounge. This state-of-the-art luxury bathhouse is the ideal place for rejuvenation and is sure to leave your gift recipient feeling blissful. You can purchase them one or multiple bathhouse sessions, or for the ultimate wellness gift look to the combined bathhouse and class voucher for Native State’s adjoining studio gym. 

A gastronomic gift
As you can probably imagine, the number-one question our team gets asked is “where should I eat?”. As the Gold Coast’s dining scene continues to flourish, we’re spoiled for choice when it comes to good eating – so much so that it’s near impossible to try every new restaurant in town. If there’s a person on your list that goes gaga over a good menu, get them a gift card for a restaurant they’ve been dying to try. If you’re stuck for ideas, consult our list of 2023’s best restaurants

A couple of cute coupes
What makes a fun drink even more fun? Cute colourful glassware. It’s the kind of item people are often reluctant to buy for themselves, but guaranteed to be the first thing on the shelf they reach for come cocktail hour. We love Fazeek’s wavy sensations, Maison Balzac’s kitsch creations, Country Road’s green-hued sippers and Ecology’s retro range. Hint – if you’ve left it a little late to guarantee online delivery, you can find a great selection at David Jones

A cultural present
For your theatre-loving friend, present them with an evening of culture! An abundance of showstoppers are headed our way in 2024, so a HOTA gift voucher will certainly go to good use. The gift certificates are valid for three years and allow recipients the flexibility to choose their own HOTA adventure – they can put the value towards HOTA Gallery exhibitions, live performances, and food and beverage purchases at The Exhibitionist Bar, Palette Restaurant, HOTA Cafe, the Cinema Candy Bar and the Basement Bar.

A curated piercing experience
Jewellery is always a winning, personal gift, but Sarah & Sebastian is helping you to take that personalised experience to the next level. The independent jewellery studio is renowned for its innovative craftsmanship and conceptual designs, creating pieces to be cherished for generations. For a unique transformational gift, the studio offers Ear Alchemy™ Experience Gift Cards. Your special someone will have the opportunity to experience Sarah & Sebastian’s luxury piercing and ear-styling services – a completely bespoke appointment tailored to the recipient’s style and desires. An Ear Alchemist will guide them through the session, helping them with anatomy specific styling to find the perfect place (or places!) for their piercing. They will then have the opportunity to select their favourite 18-karat gold or platinum earring from the Sarah & Sebastian collection, which will be expertly pierced to the highest standards.


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